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700MHz 4G rolling out

The auction of the 700 MHz ‘digital dividend’ spectrum rights was completed in June, 14 months after the sale process commenced.  This month, the purchasers have announced their plans to roll out new services based on that spectrum. The digital dividend band became available when…

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Two down, one to go

Of the three major issues presently bugging our telecommunications industry, two have reached resolutions that offer good news for rural people and businesses. First is the auction of the 700MHz spectrum that becomes available for re-purposing when our analogue TV network closes down at the…

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3 + 3 + 2 = Opportunity

So the ‘Digital Dividend’ did not, in the end, produce a dividend.  Three blocks of spectrum each to Telecom and Vodafone but only two to 2Degrees.   Leaving on block unallocated. The auction receipts, $176 million, exactly matched the the cost of clearing the 700…

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A difference in the attitudes, actions and forward thinking

As New Zealand awaits the political determination of two key telecommunications issues this week, the 2013 Broadband World Forum has just concluded in Amsterdam. The difference in the attitudes, actions and forward thinking that the Europeans displayed compared to our own government’s, was pronounced. In…

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2 outcomes possible for the 700MHz auction

The auction process for the allocation of the ‘digital dividend’ 700MHz spectrum is expected to kick off on Labour Day.  In a $200 million dollar plus process, there is much at stake for all parties. It is important for those rural people who rely on…

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Complicated 700MHz auction not likely to benefit rural users

The bidders are now at their blocks and waiting for the get-go.  The auction process too, is ready for a press of the ‘go’ button.  The back-room influencers have done their bit and now await the outcome.  They are not holding their breaths.  Perhaps because…

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Is Amy Adams running rural NZ down?

Broadband issues have figured in our news a lot this year.  Much of that was centred on government reviews including those of the “Digital Dividend”, the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO), and the Telecommunications Act. One of the things common to each of these reviews, is…

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Opinion: Amy Adams lets rural New Zealand down.

The government has confirmed its long-held intention to auction the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum to a duopoly plus one of mobile telcos. CIT Minister Amy Adams announced last Thursday that the auction will be held in the third quarter of this year. The digital dividend…

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Shake up of radio spectrum misses the point

The government has a goal to grow the New Zealand economy to “deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders”.  A key dependency of that goal is that we be well connected, which in turn depends on our access to the latest telecom…

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